Friday 19 December 2014

Are Sash Windows Better Than Casement Windows?

There are a variety of advantages of both sash windows and casement windows and deciding which window suits your home best will partly depend upon the style of property that you have.

In order to help you understand the advantages of each type of window, in this article we compare casement windows to sash windows so that you can make an informed choice.

Timber Casement Windows

Casement windows are attached with two or possibly more hinges at the side – they have the ability to open both outwards and inwards.

A variety of materials can be used but Accoya timber casement windows look aesthetically pleasing and can be more durable than some other options.

They are available as either a singular window, sold in pairs or can form part of a bay window depending on your taste and needs. Wooden casement windows are also popular to accompany French doors.

Advantages of casement windows

  • Casement windows are extremely safe to open and close due to the safety catch they have in place.
  • You can also create a large range of looks with the use of these windows as there are a variety of frame designs in the market.
  • They are suitable for modern developments.
  • They have a high level of security as the lock is within the frame, making it harder to force open.
  • Casement windows are also extremely energy efficient whilst also offering plenty of ventilation.

Wooden Sash Windows

All sash windows slide open rather than being built on a hinge.

Original sash windows are ideal for period homes and modern builds alike – although they may be slightly more popular in older homes where they offer an authentic traditional feel and appearance.

When replacing sash windows it is important to ensure that the new ones are sympathetic to the current exterior of the house but benefit from modern window-making benefits: such as double glazing (where possible). Please note that listed buildings will often have to have single glazing due to listed building requirements.

When replacing sash windows, it is recommended that you opt for new timber sash windows which are more sympathetic to the design characteristics of older properties and can last longer.

Advantages of sash windows

  • Sash windows are extremely attractive – in fact this is their biggest selling point.
  • They are ideal for older buildings as they maintain their original value and can commonly be found on Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian properties.
  • You can also choose how you much your window is open by using the sliding facility.
  • The windows are extremely easy to open and safe to use.
  • If the windows are double hung sash windows they can offer excellent ventilation by opening both the top and bottom sashes.

Are sash windows more expensive than casement windows?

The cost of sash windows and casement windows will depend upon various factors as all traditional windows are bespoke.  This means that price will be more affected by the size of the window and the detailing / finishing than whether the window is a sash window or casement window.

Choosing Timber Windows

When choosing the windows for your property it is important to compare different styles, designs and finishes in order to ensure your choice is the right one.

If you are looking to replace your windows, book a survey with The Sash Window Workshop for a free quote and to discuss whether timber sash windows or casement windows are right for your home by calling: 01344 868 668.

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Casement Window Detail

Timber Sash Windows